The best album covers

I belong to that annoying class of people who are always talking about how “art has declined”. Well, it has. And you can see some of the evidence from the decline in the aesthetics of album covers.

I’m a jazz fanatic, an industrial consumer of jazz. Naturally, my list is biased towards Jazz album covers. But they did have the best sleeves when jazz was a serious business. These are some of my favorites.

1. Thelonious Monk, Underground

2. Thelonious Monk, Misterioso

3. Antonio Carlos Jobim, Stone Flower

4. Thelonious Monk, Straight No Chaser

5. Stan Getz and Bill Evans

 

5. Miles Davis, Bitches Brew

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Pure Psychedelics, just like the music on this album

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Carlos Santana, Abraxas (1970)

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This album cover was actually a painting by Marti Klarwein, called Annunciation. You can see the obvious parallels to Bitches Brew. He did that cover too. The mysticism, the emphasis on black, the depiction of nature, celebration of culture..there’s a lot going on.

You can read more about Marti Klarwein and his insight to his work. He’s got really great stuff man. http://www.matiklarweinart.com/en/gallery/annunciation-1961.htm and http://www.matiklarweinart.com/artworkgallery.php

 

 

Thelonious Monk septet, Monk’s Music (1957)

 

Stan Getz, West Coast Jazz (1955)

 

Jutta Hipp with zoot sims (1957)

This is a dope cover. Simple, playful, elegant. Check out the tune “Violets for your furs”. One of the best versions of that jazz standard in my opinion.

 

Oscar Peterson, Collates (1952)

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Charlie Parker Vol. 2

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